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WSROC Region

Notes - geography

Census geography overview

Census data is available at a variety of different geographic levels such as State, Capital City, Local Government Area, Suburb and Postal Area. These areas are created by aggregating smaller units of geography together into a 'best fit.'

The boundaries available from the ABS rarely match actual 'communities', 'suburbs' or 'service catchments' needed for effective decision making, and even if they do, they are seldom available on the same geographic basis over time, making it very difficult to identify trends in population characteristics based on meaningful areas.

For the 2011 Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) implemented a brand new geographic structure, which is based on labour force areas. This is known as the Australian Standard Geography Standard, and uses the base unit of the SA1 (Statistical Area Level 1). These build into SA2s, SA3s, SA4s and Greater Capital City Areas.

For previous Censuses the base building block was called a Census Collector District. Census Collector Districts aggregated to Local Government Areas.

Local Government Areas are available from the 2011 Census output. They are created by aggregating SA1s. However these SA1s do not sum exactly to Local Government boundaries, making geographic breakdowns problematic, and time series even more difficult.

profile.id resolves all of these issues to create a meaningful geography that can be analysed over a long time period.

WSROC Region geography

This profile provides Census data for the WSROC Region broken down into small areas based on customised suburbs/localities.

For the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Census years these small areas are created by aggregating Census Collection Districts. For the 2011 Census they are created by aggregating Statistical Area Level 1 units.

Where SA1s or CCDs do not fit exactly into a suburb or locality boundary, estimates are made in each Census year of the number of dwellings to be included. These estimates use aerial photography, dwelling counts, planning schemes, and street directories to determine what percentage of each SA1 or CCD to include in the suburb.

This means that regardless of the Census year, and the changes in ABS output boundaries, the data presented in profile.id exactly matches the suburb/locality boundary. This provides the most accurate population information for suburbs and localities and a meaningful time series for the current geography.

NOTE: The geography in the Community Profile tables may not match the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) SA2, state suburb or postal area boundaries, which are based on aggregation of whole SA1s and are not comparable to previous Census years.

The WSROC Region has 9 small areas:

Location of Blacktown City

Blacktown City

Blacktown City is located in Sydney's western suburbs - about 35 kilometres from the Sydney GPO. Blacktown City is bounded by Hawkesbury City in the north, The Hills Shire in the north-east, the City of Parramatta in the east, the Cumberland Council area in the south-east, Fairfield City in the south, and Penrith City in the west.

Location of Blue Mountains City

Blue Mountains City

Blue Mountains City is located at the western fringe of the Sydney metropolitan area, about 55 to 95 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. Blue Mountains City is bounded by Hawkesbury City in the north, Penrith City in the east, Wollondilly Shire in the south, and Lithgow City and the Oberon Council area in the west.

Location of Cumberland Council

Cumberland Council

The Cumberland Council area is located in Sydney's western suburbs, about 25 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. The Cumberland Council area is bounded by the City of Parramatta in the north, the Strathfield Council area in the east, the City of Canterbury Bankstown and Fairfield City in the south, and Blacktown City in the west.

Location of Fairfield City

Fairfield City

Fairfield City is located in Sydney's south western suburbs, about 32 kilometres from the Sydney GPO. Fairfield City is bounded by Blacktown City and the Cumberland Council area in the north, the City of Canterbury Bankstown in the east, Liverpool City in the south, and Penrith City in the west.

Location of Hawkesbury City

Hawkesbury City

Hawkesbury City is located at the north-western fringe of the Sydney metropolitan area - about 50 kilometres from the Sydney GPO. Hawkesbury City is bounded by the Singleton Council area and Cessnock City in the north, the Central Coast Council area and The Hills Shire in the east, Blacktown City, Penrith City and Blue Mountains City in the south, and Lithgow City in the west.

Location of Liverpool City

Liverpool City

Liverpool City is located in Sydney's south-western suburbs - about 25 kilometres from the Sydney GPO. Liverpool City is bounded by Penrith City and Fairfield City in the north, the City of Canterbury Bankstown in the east, Sutherland Shire in the south-east, Campbelltown City and the Camden Council area in the south, and Wollondilly Shire in the west.

Location of Parramatta City

Parramatta City

The City of Parramatta is located in Sydney's western suburbs, about 24 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. The City of Parramatta is bounded by The Hills Shire and Hornsby Shire in the north, the City of Ryde and the City of Canada Bay in the east, the Strathfield Council area and the Cumberland Council area in the south, and Blacktown City in the west.

Location of Penrith City

Penrith City

Penrith City is located at the western fringe of the Sydney metropolitan area - about 54 kilometres from the Sydney GPO. Penrith City is bounded by Hawkesbury City in the north, Blacktown City and Fairfield City in the east, Liverpool City and Wollondilly Shire in the south, and Blue Mountains City in the west.

Location of Greater Western Sydney Region

Greater Western Sydney Region

Greater Western Sydney is located in the western part of the Sydney metropolitan area. Greater Western Sydney comprises the area defined by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Region and the Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils (MACROC) Region, and The Hills Shire. It also comprises three subregions defined within the NSW State Government’s Sydney Metropolitan Strategy: the North West, South West and West Central Subregions. Greater Western Sydney is bounded by the Singleton Council area and Cessnock City in the north, Gosford City, Hornsby Shire, the City of Ryde, the City of Canada Bay, the Strathfield Council area, Canterbury City, Hurstville City, Sutherland Shire and Wollongong City in the east, Wingecarribee Shire in the south, and Upper Lachlan Shire, the Oberon Council area and Lithgow City in the west.

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